AAPM 2012

AAPM 2012

Navigating the National Public Policy on Prescription Opioids

Medical societies such as the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) should be involved in any public policy discussions on prescription opioids in order for a reasonable balance to exist between the need for pain management and the need to avoid addiction to and overdose from these agents, said Keith N. Humphreys, PhD, in a plenary presentation during the 2012 AAPM Annual Meeting.

Combination Morphine/Oxycodone Produces Less Oxygen Desaturation Than Morphine or Oxycodone Alone

In a study evaluating combination morphine/oxycodone, researchers found the drug to produce less oxygen desaturation in patients with acute postoperative pain than either single component alone when administered in equianalgesic doses. The results of the randomized, double-blind study were presented at the 2012 American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting.

Single-Tablet Ibuprofen-Famotidine Reduces NSAID-Associated Upper GI Ulcers

A single-tablet combination of ibuprofen 800mg and famotidine 26.6mg (HZT-501) administered three times daily was found to reduce nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID)-associated upper gastrointestinal (GI) ulcers in patients overall, as well as in each subset for those taking NSAIDs for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic pain, a study presented during the 2012 American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting has found.

Perioperative Infections: Less Frequent in Patients with Chronic Opioid Consumption?

Chronic opioid intake of ≥90 days may be associated with fewer perioperative infections; however, surgical technique and operating room environment — glucose, temperature, and hypoxia — “may play a larger role than opioid consumption in the occurrence of surgical site infection,” found a retrospective review of patients undergoing colectomy and lumbar spinal surgery presented during the 2012 American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting.